Fights over finances
Toddlers in the house make money conflicts worse, says the Parent24 2009 survey.
‘Ever since the onset of this sucky recession I’ve been living a glass half-empty kind of life,’ says Parent24 blogger rosiecheer.
She’s not alone. Most families are feeling the pain of the global financial crisis in some way or another, and by the looks of it, our two-ply toilet paper days won’t be back soon.

Conflict over money is a significant problem, according to the results of the Parent24 2009 survey. One in three of the highest income earners fight over finances, and for the lower income groups this goes up to 77%.

Most likely to be battling over the budget were parents of toddlers, with conflict over money present in 58% of families with toddlers, as compared to 42% without. This may be because toddlers just cause more stress anyway as they become more physically active and demanding. Or perhaps child care costs begin to take on more significance as mothers return to work.

Whatever the cause of conflict, whether it is money or other matters, it’s important not to let conflict affect children, warns Anne Cawood, Parent24 expert and author of Toddlers Need Boundaries.  ‘It is vital for adults to learn mature and effective ways to handle their inevitable differences and conflict areas,’ she says.

Do children contribute to conflict in your house?

The Parent24 2009 survey had more than 8000 responses. The survey, weighted by gender, race and education, represents approximately 7 million metropolitan adults educated to the level of at least matric, across South Africa. For more about the methodology and for results analysis by Jean Redpath and Michael O’Donovan of Hlakanaphila Analytics, download the Parent24 2009 survey PDF . Or see full results.

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